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'To be a priest. Perspectives on Vocation and Ordination'. Bibliography. Edited by Robert E. Terwilliger and Urban T. Holmes

To be a priest

Perspectives on Vocation and Ordination

Edited by Robert E. Terwilliger and Urban T. Holmes,
The Seabury Press, 815 Second Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017, 1975.


Barth, Karl, The Word of God and the Word of Man (Boston: Pilgrim Press, 1928). Sermons on the Word of God, with an especially important treatment of the situation on Sunday morning when the preacher must proclaim the Word under God.

Botte, B., et al., The Sacrament of Orders (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1955). A series of scholarly essays by Roman Catholic historians, liturgical scholars, and theologians on ordination, its history and meaning.

Brown, Raymond, Priest and Bishop, Biblical Reflections (Paramus, N.J.: Paulist Press, 1970). A consideration of the New Testament evidence, a radical reinterpretation of traditional Roman Catholic positions.

Carey, Kenneth M., ed., The Historic Episcopate in the Fullness of the Church (London: Dacre Press, 1954). A response to The Apostolic Ministry by Anglican writers who view episcopacy as of the bene esse rather than the esse of the Church.

Chrysostom, John, The Priesthood, trans. W. A. Jurgens (New York: Macmillan, 1955). The discussion of priesthood by the great “silver-tongued” preacher and Father of the Eastern Church.

Dunstan, G. B., The Sacred Ministry (London: S.P.C.K., 1970). An ecumenical symposium on the ministry by English churchmen, chiefly Anglican.

Feuillet, Andre, The Priesthood of Christ and His Ministers, trans. Matthew J. O’Connell (New York: Doubleday, 1975). A study of the priesthood of Christ and its continuation in a distinct ministry in the Church based on the “high priestly prayer” of Christ in the Fourth Gospel and its ground in the Old and New Testaments. The author is Professor of Theology at the Institut Catholique in France.

Farmer, H. H., The Servant of the Word (New York: Scribner’s Sons, 1942). The Christian minister as a preacher, an exposition of the uniqueness of the calling and its power.

Gore, Charles, The Church and the Ministry (London: Longmans Green, 1900). A classic statement of the origin and purpose of the Christian ministry from a bishop and leader of the Catholic movement in the Church of England.

Hebert, A. G., Apostle and Bishop, A Study of the Gospel, The Ministry and the Church Community (New York: The Seabury Press, 1963). The meaning of episcopacy as seen by an Anglican monk and biblical scholar, who was one of the earlier leaders of the Liturgical Movement in his Church.

Hewitt, Emily C. and Suzanne R. Hiatt, Women Priests: Yes or No (New York: The Seabury Press, 1973). This is a concise summary of the arguments for and against the ordination of women by two authors committed, both personally and theologically, to the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopacy. It is a solid summary of the evidence seen through the authors’ own filters.

Holmes, Urban T., The Future Shape of Ministry (New York: The Seabury Press, 1972). This is a widely used text in Episcopal seminaries, reviewing the historical development of ministry in general and priesthood in particular. It also seeks to analyze the present ministerial roles and offer some suggestions as to how we might move in the future.

Hooker, Richard, Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, Book Five, (New York: E.P.Dutton, 1954). The classic exposition of the Anglican understanding of ministry and ordination, Sections LXXVII-LXXXI.

Hughes, John Jay, Absolutely Null and Utterly Void, The Papal Condemnation of Anglican Orders, 1896 (Washington: Corpus Books, 1968). A reconsideration of the question by a Roman Catholic priest and former Anglican.

Kirk, Kenneth, ed., The Apostolic Ministry, Essays on the History and Doctrine of the Episcopacy (London: Hodder and Staughton, 1962). An important symposium on the origins and theology of Episcopal ministry by a group of Catholic minded scholars in the Church of England. The later editions contain a preface by Austin Farrer, reacting to the discussion the book provided.

Kung, Hans, Why Priests: A Proposal for New Church Ministry, trans. Robert C. Collins (New York: Doubleday, 1972). An analysis and criticism of the concept of priesthood by a liberal Roman Catholic theologian bringing the concept of priesthood itself into question.

Kung, Hans, Apostolic Succession, Rethinking a Barrier to Unity, Concilium, vol. 34 (Paramus, N.J.: Paulist Press, 1968). Essays on the vexed question of “valid” ordinations and the meaning of the succession from a liberal Roman Catholic point of view.

Lewis, C.S., God in the Dock, Essays on Theology and Ethics (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970). Chapter XI, “Priestesses in the Church?” A criticism of the proposal to ordain women to the sacramental priesthood from the standpoint of its effects on the Christian doctrine of God and the nature of the Church.

Meyer, Charles R., Man of God: A Study of the Priesthood (New York: Doubleday, 1974). The principal thesis of this Roman Catholic seminary professor is that the role of the priest is to lead those to whom he ministers into the experience of the mystery of God.

Ministry and Ordination: A Statement of the Doctrine of the Ministry Agreed By the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (New York: Morehouse-Barlow, 1973).

Moberly, R. C., Ministerial Priesthood (London: John Murray, 1889). A classic Anglican presentation of priesthood, its biblical origins, historical development, and theological meaning from a position both evangelical and catholic. A section deals with the question of the official Roman Catholic condemnation of the validity of Anglican ordinations.

Modern Ecumenical Documents on the Ministry (London: S.P.C.K. and New York: Morehouse-Barlow, 1975). This is a companion volume to the 1973 publication, Modern Eucharist Agreement. A number of disparate groups—Anglican-Roman Catholic, Lutheran-Roman Catholic, Group of Le Dombes (Reformed-Roman Catholic), and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council—have come to some surprisingly convergent conclusions on the nature and significance of the ministry.

Nouwen, Henri J. M., Creative Ministry (New York: Doubleday, 1971). The basic thesis of this book is that ministry cannot be reduced to a professional model after the manner of doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc. Ministry involves a kind of interpersonal relationship between a priest and people, which enables them to grow into their true being.

Nouwen, Henri J. M., The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society (New York: Doubleday, 1972). This book continues the theme of Creative Ministry, and develops an understanding of the role of the priest in which the person’s own humanness becomes an effective instrument in the meditation of God’s presence to people. He speaks of the Christian leader as a contemplative critic, an artist, and one who helps people from suffering for the wrong reasons.

Pellegrino, Michele, The True Priest (New York: Philosophical Library, 1968). A collection of writings of St. Augustine on the priesthood.

Price, Charles P., The Ordination of Women in Theological Perspective (Cincinnati: Forward Movement, 1974). A statement of the case for the ordination of women.

“Priests” and “Priestly Formation” in Documents of Vatican Two ed. by Walter Abbott (New York: Association Press, 1966). Decree on priestly training of Vatican Council Two and Life of Priests of Vatican Council Two.

Rahner, Karl, The Identity of the Priest (Paramus, N.J.: Paulist Press, 1969). Symposium on priesthood by liberal Roman Catholics.

Rahner, Karl, The Priesthood, trans. Edward Quinn (New York: Sea-bury Press, 1973). This series of addresses by an eminent Roman Catholic theologian consists of a mixture of theological insights and spiritual guidelines for the ministerial priesthood.

Ramsey, Michael, The Christian Priest Today (London: S.P.C.K., 1972). A gathering of the ordination charges on the meaning of priesthood of the former Archbishop of Canterbury given throughout his episcopate.

Ramsey, Michael, The Gospel and the Catholic Church (London: Longmans Green, 1956). A study of the origin and development of the form of the Church as an expression of the Gospel. The treatment of the emergence of the episcopacy is of particular significance.

Schillebeeckx, Edward, ed., The Unifying Role of the Bishop (New York: Concilium, 1972). A symposium on episcopacy from a liberal Catholic point of view.

Streeter, Burnett, H., The Primitive Church, Studied with Special Reference to the Origins of the Christian Ministry (New York: Macmillan, 1929). A study of the variety of forms of Christian ministry in the New Testament from a perspective of liberal evangelical Anglicanism.

Sykes, Norman, Old Priest and New Presbyters (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1956). Lectures on Episcopal and Presbyterian ministries in England and Scotland since the Reformation.

Terwilliger, Robert E., The Ordination of Men in Theological Perspective (Cincinnati: Forward Movement, 1974). A statement of the case for a purely male priesthood.

Torrance, T. F., Royal Priesthood, Scottish Journal of Theology Occasional Paper, no. 3 (Edinburgh: Oliver Bord, 1955). An important exposition of the meaning of the priesthood of Christ in the epistle to the Hebrews by a Scottish Presbyterian theologian and New Testament scholar.

Von Balthazar, Hans Urs, “The Priest I want,” Elucidations (London: Darton, Longman, and Todd, 1975). A comment on and criticism of the practice of priesthood in the post-Conciliar Church by an eminent Swiss Roman Catholic theologian and writer on spirituality.

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